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Building genuine learning partnerships with parents: Teaching approaches and strategies that work


This ERO report shares strategies and approaches from schools that have contributed to improving achievement by developing genuine learning partnerships with parents.

It includes some simple strategies a few of the schools used to involve parents more in supporting the things children were learning at school.

New Netsafe Kit


Netsafe has launched the 2018 Netsafe Kit. The Kit provides school leaders and teachers with a comprehensive set of tools and resources to assist them in creating and maintaining a safe online environment. 

The tools and resources in the Kit, which are free for schools, have been designed to strengthen and refine a school’s current online safety and digital citizenship practices, processes and procedures. 

Each school board can adapt these resources to their own school community’s values and needs. 

Find out about the new features in the Netsafe Kit...

Technology Online webinar – Raranga Matihiko | Weaving Digital Futures


Register for the next Technology Online webinar:

Raranga Matihiko | Weaving Digital Futures

Wednesday, 1 August, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm

Come along and hear Tara Fagan, Project Director Raranga Matihiko | Weaving Digital Futures, talk about using museum taonga across Aotearoa New Zealand with primary and secondary school students and kura ākonga to produce stories and develop understandings of digital technologies within the technology learning area.

Register here

Links for digital technologies


This page from Technology Online provides tables with links to some useful digital technologies resources suggested by teachers (primary and secondary).

Select the images in the tables to view information about the links.

Cook Islands Language Week / Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani


Cook Islands Language Week is being held from Sunday 29 July – Saturday 4 August 2018.

Visit New Zealand Curriculum Online's events page for ideas on how you can celebrate and learn about the languages and culture of the Cook Islands.

Successful upgrade to e-asTTle


The changes made to e-asTTle include two minor fixes and three enhancements based on requests from teachers.

Information about these changes is on the e-asTTle website.

The changes are described in more detail in

E-asttle Version 8.3 Enhancements 20180712 (PDF 502 KB)

For help or more information 

If you have any questions please call the Education Service Desk on 0800 422 599.

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko Digital Readiness Programme


Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko - the National Digital Readiness programme has been developed to ensure teachers and kaiako are ready to implement the new digital technologies content.

The nationwide programme will provide an understanding of the new digital technologies content and useful teaching strategies, as well as the opportunity to network with others to gain ideas and insights, view explanatory videos, and train as a digital leader.

A self review tool Te Tokorima-a-Mahuika (TTaM) is a key part of the Readiness Programme. The tool has been designed to give feedback to teachers and kaiako on how ‘ready’ they are to implement the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.

Sign up to use the self review tool.

e-asTTle maintenance 12 July, 12:00 noon to 10:00pm


We are performing maintenance work on e-asTTle in order to improve its operation.

The changes we are making include two minor fixes and three enhancements based on requests from teachers.

e-asTTle will be unavailable from 12:00 noon  to 10:00PM on Thursday 12th July 2018. 

You will not be able to login to the e-asTTle application during the above time. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Find out more....

Assessing and reporting progress and achievement – guidance for schools and kura


Schools and kura are no longer required to use National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori for assessing and reporting on progress and achievement in literacy and numeracy.

The National Administration Guidelines (NAGs) have been revised to reflect the requirement for schools to report on both progress and achievement across the breadth of the curriculum.

Updated guidance for schools using The New Zealand Curriculum is available through Assessment Online.

For kura and Māori medium settings working with Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the Ministry is continuing to provide guidance on how to use Te Waharoa Ararau to support the collation of student progress and achievement information for reporting.

Advice on aromatawai and reporting, and support for using Tu Rangatira to guide aromatawai and reporting, is available on the Te Waharoa Ararau page on TKI.

VLN Primary School - Online Programmes


Registrations are invited from schools wishing to participate in the VLN Primary School in Term 3 & 4.

There is a wide range of online language programmes including Te Reo Māori and Kapa Haka. Also extension maths, astronomy, visual arts, STEM, computer programming, web design, future planning - life skills, health and Over the Back Fence Project.
All NZ children are welcome to learn with the VLN Primary - Nau Mai, Haere Mai!
Find out more and register your interest online or contact primary@vln.school.nz with queries.